NOTE: Of course, due to COVID, this list is outdated. With things being rescheduled and re-rescheduled, there is no point trying to keep it updated at this time. I’ll leave it here as a general guide to what happens in Palm Springs during more normal times.
Palm Springs has many events that come around every year at the same time. Here is a list of most of them. Check the websites to confirm exact dates.
Palm Springs International Film Festival
January 7-18, 2021 – A star-studded award gala kicks off a week of new film screenings and events. Directors and stars host many Q&A panels after the movies.
Tour de Palm Springs
TBS- Early February 2021 – A charity bike ride with class and distance categories for every skill level.
Art Palm Springs
February 11-15, 2021 – A weekend-long contemporary art show at the Palm Springs Convention center, with a VIP gala on Thursday night.
February 11-21, 2021 – A celebration of Palm Springs rich mid-century architecture and all things “modern”. Featuring home tours, parties, and a great three hour city tour on a double decker bus.
Riverside County Fair and Date Festival
TBS – mid-February 2021 – A large county fair with rides and food booths, with an emphasis on the local date harvest. If you’ve ever had a hankering to try deep fried foods on a stick, this is your chance!
Int'l Bear Convergence
TBS – late February 2021 – A four day event for gay bears and admirers, with pool parties, pop-up shops, and concerts.
McCormick's Collector Car Auction
TBS – late February 2021 – Held twice a year, in February and November, a weekend celebration of amazing cars. Take one home!
TBS – late February 2021 – Weekend event in Palm Desert, with music, food, and dancing,
BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament
March 9 – 22, 2020 – Acclaimed tennis tournament with celebrity sports figures in Indian Wells. The tournament is a Masters 1000 event on the men’s tour and is a Premier Mandatory event on the women’s tour.
El Paseo Fashion Week
March 20-27, 2020 – A fashion show that highlights avant-garde designs and top designers from the fashion world. With exclusive trunk shows, runway events and parties.
Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival
March 27-29, 2020 – Tasting event with more than 60 restaurants and 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries. Music, classes, and more.
April 1-6, 2020 – Five-day weekend getaway and music festival catering to the lesbian community. Featuring pool parties, night entertainment, live concerts, comedy shows, and sports.
Indian Wells Arts Festival
April 3 – 5, 2020 – Jazz music, cocktails, and the works of over 200 artists. At the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens.
Opera in the Park
April 5, 2020 – A free Sunday event with some great up-and-coming opera singers. It’s often nice weather for a day in the park, but bring some shade or purchase a VIP ticket.
Coachella Music Festival
April 10-12 & April 17-19, 2020 – Huge two-weekend music and art festival in Indio, with events and parties in the area in between weekends.
April 24-26, 2020 – Like Coachella Music Festival but with country acts, mainstream or relatively unknown ranging from folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, and alternative country.
April 24-27, 2020 – Weekend-long gay dance party with multiple events, pool parties, and celebrity headliners.
Palm Springs Restaurant Week
May 29 – June 7, 2020 – Dozens of restaurants in the Coachella Valley participate with special 3 course pre-fixe menus. A great time to try out a new restaurant.
June 5-7, 2020 – Hosted by multiple hotels, poolside parties with DJ’s.
ShortFest Film Festival
June 16-22, 2020 – International festival of short films with screenings, panels, and Q&A’s by the actors and directors.
August 7-9 & 14-16, 2020 – Hosted by multiple hotels, poolside parties with DJ’s.
Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours
October 10/11, 17/18 & 24/25, 2020 – Three weekends of open homes and studios in the hi-desert from Morongo Valley to Twentynine Palms. If you like the high desert area, this is a great chance to meet some locals and see some great (and not so great) art.
Modernism Fall Preview
October 15-18,2020 – A scaled down version of the big February Modernism Week event. A good chance to do the bus tours and some home tours and parties without the crowd.
Palm Springs Gay Pride
November 6-8, 2020 – A celebration of the LGBT community featuring a free festival downtown with booths, food, and entertainment. Parade is Sunday down Palm Canyon. Everybody welcome.
McCormick's Collector Car Auction
Late November 2020 – Held twice a year in February and November, a weekend celebration of amazing cars. Take one home!
Palm Springs Festival of Lights
December 5, 2020 – Fun and very popular Christmas parade through downtown Palm Springs. Some restaurants offer premium seating on their patios.
International Tamale Festival
Early December 2020 – An outdoor festival in Indio celebrating tamales. From sweet to savory. Look for the booths with the longest lines to know which are best.
If you have any questions, please send me a note and I’ll get right back to you.